for a while... (2018)
At Binghamton, I was very fortunate to be able to write for world-class musicians, of which ModernMedieval fits the bill. There was one stipulation for this project, in that the texts had to be Persian. We were given a list of poets in this genre, and I gravitated towards the beauty of Hafez (Hafiz), who I would actually set in a later song cycle as well.
The sense of timelessness was the major goal, and as such, the pitch G never leaves, with a variety of harmonies and textures encircling it.
This work was premiered by ModernMedieval (Martha Cluver, Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek and Eliza Bagg) in May 2018.